Examples of playful in a Sentence
She's an old dog, but she's still very playful.
He had a playful expression on his face.
a playful tone of voice
You're certainly in a playful mood!
She gave him a light playful slap on the knee.
Recent Examples of playful from the Web
Though the Bush Years Part 2 were a serious time in America, the cover of GQ loosened up during this decade, thanks to the playful eye of design director Fred Woodward, who joined GQ from Rolling Stone in 2001.
Mom may have officially spoken on the matter, but fans on Twitter are taking her playful reaction as confirmation of the relationship.
There are playful moments, to be sure, and passages of lyrical sweetness.
Domino lit a fire under Dupree’s measured melody, his dancing fingers etching both unrelenting backbeat and playful incidental tinkling into the minds of all who heard.
Anna is a free spirit, optimistic, energetic and playful.
Nowhere to be found are the dimples of the texturally playful One S. More than anything, the Xbox One X adheres to the Microsoft Surface design ethos—rather than fetishizing this powerful, dense slab, the X hardware fades into the background.
Egan's descriptions prove at once inspired and playful.
Teams choose creative and playful names that are associated with the disease with the goal of drawing attention to the very serious health threat that colorectal cancer poses.
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First Known Use of playful
Synonymsantic, coltish, elfish, fay, frisky, frolicsome, larky, rollicking, sportful, sportive
Antonymsearnest, serious-minded, sober, sobersided
Related Wordscoy, kittenish; gay, happy, lighthearted, whimsical; energetic, frolic, jocund, lively, merry, spirited, sprightly, spunky, vivacious; devilish, impish, knavish, mischievous, pixie (also pixy), rascally, roguish; amusing, diverting, enjoyable, entertaining, fun, pleasurable; dabbling, frivolous, goofy, silly, trifling; delightful, pleasant, pleasing; jesting, jocose, jocular, joking, prankish, teasing
Near Antonymsdutiful, responsible; grave, grim, serious, solemn, somber (or sombre), stern, stolid; no-nonsense, priggish, starchy, stuffy; decorous, formal, proper, sedate, staid; guarded, inhibited, restrained
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Definition of playful for Students
- a playful kitten
- a playful mood
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